Equine Gastric Ulcer Syndrome (EGUS) is a leading causes of poor health and performance in the horse.
Horses graze for at least 18 hours a day at grass – buffering stomach acid naturally
Eating forage produces saliva which buffers acids produced in the stomach.
Even when there is no forage present in the stomach, these acids are still produced.
Horses fed hay only 3-4 times a day do not have the same capacity to buffer these acids.
Acids cause damage to the stomach lining leading to ulcers.
“93% of horses in training suffer from gastric ulcers”……1. Murray MJ, Schusser GF, Pipers FS, Gross SJ: Factors associated with gastric lesions in thoroughbred racehorses. Equine Vet J 1996, 28:368–374.
Conventional Feeding Methods?
Current methods of feeding hay are wasteful & dangerous e.g. haynets, mangers, or the stable floor.
Dust from mangers placed at a height can enter the nostrils/lungs.
Eating at a height places strain on musculoskeletal structures.
Feeding hay is labour intensive and prone to significant wastage
Eating at a height prevents correct chewing patterns as teeth are not correctly aligned.
Difficult cleaning of Mangers as they cannot be removed.
The Solution - Harmony Trickle Feeder
The most natural feeding solution to gastric ulcers
Constant Supply of Hay - Little and often
Holds enough hay for more than a day.
Controls how much hay the horse can access via a soft rubber finger mesh.
Allows the horse to eat in a natural grazing position at ground level.